Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
John Stuart Mill
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
The Public is merely a multiplied "me."
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Otto Von Bismarck
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
A witty saying proves nothing.
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Obviously, feelings of pleasure are lovely diversions from the lot of life.
However, one should never forget that life – when viewed as a whole -- is a mixture of tedium and suffering. Happiness is mere a bi-product; and it will never be achieved by design. Whether it is a Christian’s version of heaven or my friend imagining himself fornicating with Christina Aguilera; all "ideal" situations usually reflect little more than contrasts to the current "real" situation.
In the modern church service, a vision of heaven is usually confined to meaningless description such as "an indescribable, blissful, and eternal experience of holy ecstasy”. Or, they might choose to be so risqué; thus they simply equivocate that we shall all be "basking in the light of god" after death arrives.
In the past, heaven was more concrete, direct, and timely. The Christian heaven of medieval times was described as having its roads paved with gold; at night, they were lit with diamonds. However, such descriptions were not a result of any natural human desire for gold and diamonds. Rather, like anything in short supply, gold and diamonds were seen as valuable.
One sees the same effect in the heaven of Islam -- with its harem of 77 virgins, all clamoring for attention at once. To me, such a scenario sounds horrifying. However, at the time of the scriptures, females were in short supply. The middle east of that day tended to be a polygamous society. Thus, like diamonds and gold, all of the females tended to be horded by the rich. We, as human beings, can only feel happiness when it is a contrast.
The fact is that people will not experience true peace until they realize that the object of life was never happiness. And don't argue with the world: it was here first.
One would think such thoughts to be depressing. Especially considering the fact that I believe that after life, there will be nothing. I do not believe that I will be punished for my sins, anymore that I believe that I will be rewarded for my charity. I choose those beliefs – not because I need an excuse – but because I feel other beliefs to be dangerous. I believe that the judgment of our actions must always be based on existence itself. I am not convinced by what they majority of religions demand you believe:
Do not do good because it is good, do good because you will be rewarded by god if you follow the way of the church. Oh... and God told us so. You see, god is like a human; he gets angry, and happy, and usually his emotions are in direct correspondence with the human institutions that claim to represent his will.We, being Humans, understand his will, wishes, and demands. He forgives all, but casts all the wicked into hell for sins. Oh, and God is Jesus, and... uh... god... and some holy ghost thing, that is "every where".
What do I think? Well, you might have to read in between the lines; for it is deep and arcane:
"Netpolitik is a new style of diplomacy that seeks to exploit the powerful capabilities of the Internet to shape politics, culture, values, and personal identity. But unlike Realpolitik — which seeks to advance a nation’s political interests through amoral coercion — Netpolitik traffics in “softer” issues such as moral legitimacy, culturalidentity, societal values, and public perception." - The Rise of Netpolitik
PUN-DIT (n) : A learned man; a teacher; a source of opinion; a critic: a political pundit.